Friday, October 23, 2020

BALA Wrap Top and TREMBLANT Pleated Pants Pattern Review

The BALA Wrap Top and TREMBLANT Pleated Pants are both PDF patterns included in the Sew News Capsule Studio: Plush. 

Bala Wrap Top from Sew News in lemon print worn by Sharon Sews

The capsule studio collection includes tips for sewing cozy fabrics, like Minky, as well as information on sewing with faux fur.  There are also tips for matching plaids included with the instructions for the pants. 

There are six PDF patterns in this collection, each available in sizes XS (bust 33", waist 24-1/2", hip 35") to 7X (bust 58", waist 49-1/2", hip 60").  

Sew News Capsule Studio Plush six pdf patternsSew News Capsule Studio Plush six pdf patterns

I sewed five of the six: BALA Wrap Top, TREMBLANT Pleated Pants, BANFF Dolman Sweater, MOONSTONE Jumpsuit, and KAWARTHA Cardi Jacket. I didn't have the supplies on hand to sew the WHISTLER Bucket Bag. That's a sewing project for another day.

Make note that the seam allowances vary per project, so be sure to double check if you need to use 3/8", 1/2", or 5/8".  I'd also suggest you print, tile, and trace your pattern pieces before purchasing fabric. Depending on the size you sew you may be able to get by with less fabric than what is listed.

Today's blog post is the review for the BALA Wrap Top and TREMBLANT Pleated Pants

The wrap top wraps in the back and has long ties that tie at the front.  It is a cropped length, is designed for woven fabrics, and is rated as beginner level sewing. You're instructed to choose your size by your bust measurement as the waist is adjustable due to the long tie.  

Bala Wrap Top from Sew News in lemon print worn by Sharon Sews
It's always a bit of a dilemma for me when a pattern suggests using your bust measurement. Do I use my upper bust measurement (which puts me in a smaller size) and do a full bust adjustment, or my full bust measurement and hope there's enough ease? 

Back View of Bala Wrap Top by Meg Healy worn by Sharon Sews
In this case I used by full bust measurement and sewed a L. I also did about a 1" full bust adjustment. Once I was done I realized I should have used a M with a full bust adjustment for a better fit in the shoulder area. I find that I fuss with it a bit when it's worn. 

Bala Wrap Top from Sew News in lemon print worn by Sharon Sews
I also wish I had added a few inches of length and lowered the side seam opening where the tie ends slips through. It currently sits about 1-1/4" above my waist which may be one reason I feel like I need to keep adjusting it.  As is, it definitely needs to be worn with something that has a high waist. 

The fabric is a lightweight lemon-print crepe I purchased from Super Textiles on Etsy. I finished each seam with a narrow three thread on my serger as the fabric raveled a bit.  The tie ends have a facing, which eliminated the need to do a tiny hem - yay!

Bala Wrap Top from Sew News in lemon print worn by Sharon Sews
I think the top is cute, but it is so out of my comfort zone that I honestly don't know if I'll wear it or not. I'll tuck it away until spring and by then I might decide it's perfect :-)

The pleated pants are designed for woven fabrics, use a 1/2" seam allowance, and are rated as an intermediate sewing level.
The cropped pants have pleats in the front, a flat front waistband, a back elastic (1-1/2" wide) waistband, and in-seam side pockets.  There was a time in my life when I would never have been caught wearing any type of elastic around my waistline. But those days are long gone and I now find I love the comfort of the elastic. Anyone else relate?

I sewed these out of a black polyester crepe, probably purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It's been in my stash a LONG time, so I was happy to use it to test the fit of these pants.

These are a size medium, although I meant to sew a large. I traced the medium by accident and didn't realize my error until the pants were completed. While they fit, I do prefer a looser fit in my pleated pants. 

Tremblant Pleated Pants in Black Crepe worn by Sharon Sews

I forgot to use a press cloth when I pressed the pleats so the fabric is shiny there. Annoyed with myself as I know better. The good thing is these really were just meant for me to test the fit of the pattern, and the fabric had been in my stash for so long that it was basically free :-) 

I'll have a review of the BANFF Dolman Sweater, MOONSTONE Jumpsuit, and KAWARTHA Cardi Jacket in the next few days. 

I did do a video review on my YouTube channel of all of the pieces. 

Sew News is offering a savings of 15% on the Plush PDF pattern collection by using the code PLUSH15 (expires on Oct. 30, 2020). 


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